Advocacy

For more than 100 years, MHC has worked to improve mental health services, promote long-term wellness for people with mental health conditions, educate the community about the importance of prevention and early education, and combat discrimination resulting from a mental health diagnosis.

MHC strives to expand the breadth of and access to community-based services at the federal and state levels enabling people with mental health conditions to engage with the types of services they need when they need them. We also believe that the conditions that have caused inequity and injustice for centuries in this country must be dismantled for systemic change in the mental health world to occur.

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Advocacy is about action, and MHC welcomes you to join us as we strive to affect real change. MHC advocacy efforts are built on three cornerstones for change:

  1. Informing elected officials and policymakers about issues that impact the ability for individuals, families, and communities to achieve mental wellness;
  2. Motivating those impacted by mental health conditions to share their stories; and
  3. Creating and participating in coalitions designed to build consensus around systems change.

Watch this video of Senator Catherine Osten and State Representative Toni Walker receiving their award from Mental Health America as one of MHA’s 2022 Legislative Champions!

To learn about MHC’s advocacy initiatives, contact MHC’s Public Policy Coordinator, Mike Finley: mfinley@mhconn.org.

2022 Legislative Wrap-Up
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CT Parity Coalition

In July 2019, Governor Ned Lamont signed a “mental health parity law” (formerly An Act Concerning Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Benefits) which received unanimous, bi-partisan support. The parity law requires that private insurance plans in Connecticut follow the regulations set forth in the 2008 Federal Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA). The Federal law states that health care coverage for mental health and substance use disorders can be no less restrictive than for medical and surgical benefits.

The success of the 2019 law is the work of many years of advocacy from a wide variety of groups, as well as the culminating effort of the CT Parity Coalition, a group led by MHC in collaboration with advocates from over 25 organizations and associations across Connecticut working with state legislators, consumers, and other groups to elevate equity in health care system. The Coalition educates and advocates for policy change that will protect individuals living with mental health and substance use disorder conditions, ensuring consumers’ rights are protected and that they are treated as fairly as they would for other health conditions.

Want to learn more about the CT Parity Coalition? Contact Mike Finley at mfinley@mhconn.org